Category Archives: Other

This Blog is a Denial-Free Zone

I’ve been hit by a lot of spam since my last post (could be a coincidence …). One post actually did relate to the contents of this blog. For that person’s benefit I am going to repeat what I’ve posted … Continue reading

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EWG Toxic Product Website Updated

Heads up for friends who have been working to detoxify their home. The Environmental Working Group has finally finished updating their database and their website with info on toxins in commonly used household products and cosmetics. Look for info here.

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Moving the Conversation

I have become the administrator of the blog for Transition Longfellow. I am moving the pages of information about the discussion groups — personal permaculture and preparedness — to that blog. If you would like to participate in the ongoing … Continue reading

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Find Funding to Start Something

I’ve been doing research on foundation and government money available for urban agriculture, climate action and sustainability. I was pleased to learn that the McKnight Foundation and 3M Foundation are putting significant resources into climate action (though not through open … Continue reading

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Study Finds 10% of Newborns Around Lake Superior with High Mercury Levels

The Minnesota Department of Health has released the findings of a two-year study of mercury levels in the blood of newborns along the shores of Lake Superior in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. The results? Ten percent (10%) of newborns in … Continue reading

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What makes it a “green” sex toy?

When we saw that the latest issue of “Curves” magazine had an article on “green” sex toys, we just had to buy it – you know, in the interest of science. Now, before you roll your eyes, we don’t believe … Continue reading

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Home Funerals and Green Burials

Last week we attended a seminar organized by the Minnesota Threshold Network. I’ve¬† been interested in green burial ever since I heard about it from a funeral director when I volunteered at hospice. The trouble is, it has been illegal … Continue reading

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Raffi’s “Cool It Down”

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Move Over Green, Here Comes the Blue Economy

At the Longfellow Sustainability book group meeting today we talked a bit about economic growth and development. Some of us feel the economic downturn is going to continue until we reach a level that is sustainable. Some feel development can … Continue reading

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A Resilient, Sustainable Community Produces What it Needs

This month we’re reducing paper use and one of my biggest areas of paper consumption is “facial tissue” (kleenex). In preparation for this challenge, I ordered cloth handkerchiefs online. When they arrived, I was dismayed¬† to see that they had … Continue reading

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